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NASCARFans E-Mail List ========== Report sent to me by Ken Corpus: Frontier plans layoffs and sheds calling cards. What does this have to do with racing you ask? The answer is that Frontier was one of the two partners that joined forces...

NASCARFans E-Mail List ========== Report sent to me by Ken Corpus:

Frontier plans layoffs and sheds calling cards.

What does this have to do with racing you ask?

The answer is that Frontier was one of the two partners that joined forces to form Close Call that was (supposedly) the sponsor of Brett Bodine's #11 Ford Thunderbird on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. Recently, Brett ripped the sponsor's name off the car and filed a multi-million dollar law suit against them.

Initially, Frontier & Catalyst Communications were to join forces to market and sell long distance calling cards under the name of Close Call. From what I understand, Frontier was going to handle the technical aspect of enabling the cards, and Catalyst was going to market and sell the cards. Has anyone ever seen one?

Yesterday, Frontier's President & CEO Joseph P. Clayton announced that the company will drop the pre-paid calling card division. Clayton said: "Product lines that distract from our core business and inefficiently utilize our resources can no longer be a part of our business portfolio."

Included in the major restructuring plan are numerous layoffs, including about 70 in the Rochester area.

Frontier Corporation is the parent company whose long distance, local telephone and wireless operations provide a range of integrated communications services to customers. Frontier is a Standard & Poor's 500 company with annualized revenues approaching $2.5 billion. With sales locations nationwide and nearly 8,000 employees, Frontier is the fifth-largest long distance company in the United States. ========== 1997 NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series Race Facts

WHAT:        17th Annual Manheim Auctions All American 400
WHERE:        Nashville Speedway, U.S.A., Nashville, TN, 0.596 mile paved oval
WHEN:        Sunday afternoon, October 19, 1997, 1:30 p.m. (CDT)
DISTANCE:        400 laps (238.4 miles)
POSTED AWARDS:        $128,575
TV/RADIO:        TNN Same Day Tape Delayed, 10:00 p.m. (EDT)

NOTES OF INTEREST

As of Monday, October 13, 67 cars have pre-entered this event, which has a maximum starting field of 40 cars. One of these is the #44 Jayski Racing Chevrolet, sponsored by Jayski's Winston Cup Silly Season Page.

A tight points race is on the line in the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series. Darlington, SC's Hal Goodson leads Milford, OH's Jeff Fultz by a mere 10 points with two races left on the '97 schedule. Conyers, GA's Ron Young trails leader Goodson by 86 points. (James Noltimier) ========== Sources tell Jayski that Elliott Sadler is without a doubt staying where he is at Diamond Ridge Motorosports and that the reports the Wood Brothers have talked to him are false. He will have a new car number next year #66. ========== Lance Snacks take their sponsorship to James Finch's #4 BGN Chevy in 1998 with Kevin Lepage as the driver(Jayski) ========== Jayski heard ASA Champion Kevin Cywinski is moving to the truck series in 1998, not sure where. ========== Jayski heard that the car Dale Earnhardt will drive in the 1998 "The Winston" will be a Superman paint theme. ========== "Sterling Marlin was quite upset with Gordon after the crash on Sunday at Talladega, and was not convinced a tire let go on Gordon's car, as Gordon said. "I'll call it like I see it. It looked like Andretti and Gordon were going down the straightaway straight. Gordon swerved over and hit Andretti and got 'em both a little wiggly. Gordon overcorrected and hung me in the right rear and turned us both in the wall and started a big wreck." One driver said the two had to be separated in the ambulance following the crash."(iRace)/Jayski ========== Not NASCAR news, but fascinating auto news, from the AP at Charlotte.Com:

Trailing a huge plume of dust across the desert floor, a British jet-powered car blasted through the sound barrier twice on Wednesday, shattering the world land speed record.

``It's been a magic morning,'' said a beaming Richard Noble. ``It's a h*** of an achievement.''

Noble's jet-powered Thrust SSC took advantage of cool, clear weather for back-to-back runs that pushed the land speed record above Mach 1, the speed of sound. The feat came 50 years and a day after pilot Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in an experimental rocket-powered plane.

Noble's car, with Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green at the controls, went 759.333 mph on its first run and 766.609 mph on the second. The record, an average of the two, was 763.035. ========== The NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division will add a new racing venue to the schedule for 1998 when the green flag falls for the first time ever in Colorado.

NASCAR and Pikes Peak International Raceway jointly announced the series would open the 1998 racing season for the track on June 14. The addition of Pikes Peak to the NASCAR Busch Series will increase to five, the number of tracks west of the Mississippi River the series will visit in 1998. This year, the series added events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, and California Speedway.

The one-mile D-shaped oval, located 70 miles south of Denver, has 10 degrees of banking in the corners and offers a wide racing surface, sure to produce the type of exciting side-by-side racing NASCAR fans have grown to appreciate. (NASCAR Online) ========== Brad Noffsinger, who served as a crew chief for Team SABCO during the 1996 and '97 seasons, most recently as the crew chief for driver Wally Dallenbach in the No. 46 First Union Chevrolet, has resigned effective immediately. According to a release from Team SABCO, Noffsinger, 37, left the team prior to the Oct. 12 DieHard 500 at Talladega Superspeedway to pursue a driving career. Noffsinger, who formerly drove sprint cars on the West Coast, had limited driving experience in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in the late '80s, including 17 starts in 1988 driving a car owned by former California Lieutenant Governor Mike Curb. Noffsinger stated that his focus will be centered around the USAC Silver Crown Series. Noffsinger has been replaced by 47-year-old Terry Shirley, who has served as team engineer for the No. 46 team this season. Prior to joining the First Union team, Shirley had worked in the ARCA and ASA series, as well as with Dave Marcis in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series last season. (NASCAR Online) ========== The new Ford Taurus is finally getting a workout. And Ford's NASCAR Winston Cup Series teams are anxiously starting to get a better feel for the new model for the 1998 season.

Michael Waltrip, driver of the No. 21 Citgo Ford, was one of a few teams who stayed behind at Talladega Superspeedway Monday following the DieHard 500. The No. 21 team, however, was the only Ford team to get track time on the 2.66-mile superspeedway with the new Taurus.

The Wood Brothers became the second team to wheel out a new Taurus, following the lead of Penske South Racing, which has tested its new No. 2 Miller Lite car at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway with drivers Rusty Wallace and Bill Elliott.

"I'm excited about it," Waltrip said of the new Taurus. "It sure is fun to get a new race car and see where you're at with it. For the first run, we're real encouraged. We just wanted to have something to baseline and compare somewhat to what we had here prior to the DieHard 500." (NASCAR Online) ========== Mike Irwin (mailto:mike@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Dave Marcis , Jeff Fultz , Ron Young , Brad Noffsinger , Elliott Sadler , Richard Noble , Andy Green